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Brendan Steele

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/5/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 175

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Brendan Steele scorched TPC Sawgrass with a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-33=65 during the first round of this week's PLAYERS.
Steele kicked off his round with a bang, stuffing his 227-yard approach to 5'4", allowing him to roll it in for an eagle at the par-5 11th hole. That was on the heels of a 13'10" par-saver at the 10th, so the momentum was in full force early on. Steele tacked on another lengthy par-saver two holes later, this time from 9'11". This clutch putting really set the tone and could have built a completely different narrative for the round had they not fallen. Steele entered the week with just three red numbers in 12 tries at TPC Sawgrass, so he certainly enjoyed the uncharacteristically easy conditions this morning, setting a new course low for him. May 12 - 3:02 PM

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Brendan Steele kept his streak alive with an even-par 37-35=72 in the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship to wrap his sixth appearance on 3-under 285, down four on the live leaderboard to T14.

Steele posted rounds of 71-70-72-72. Significant because it extends his run of par or better at Quail Hollow to 12 straight. That shares the longest active streak with Gary Woodland, who tossed up 72-72-71-72 this week and tied for 25th place.
May 8 - 5:11 PM

Past champ and 18- and 36-hole leader Brendan Steele patched together an even-par 37-35=72 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open to post 10-under 206, down one spot to solo second, one back of 54-hole leader Ricky Barnes.

Steele's lone win in 139 career TOUR events came here in 2011, adding further top 10s in 2012 and last year. This week, he led by one after 18 holes and by three entering the third frame on rounds of 64 and 70. Steele played out of the final threesome with Scott Langley and Stuart Appleby, who shot 73 and 74, respectively. He mustered six (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, but after gaining 6.3 strokes with the flat stick thru 36 holes, regressed to a -1.576 in R3. The 33-year-old was birdie-less 2-over thru 13 holes, squaring bogeys on Nos. 2 and 12, but got himself back into Sunday's final threesome with birdie-4s on 14 and 18, both from inside of five feet. Elsewhere, he missed two scoring chances from inside of 10 feet but rolled in a key six-footer for a par save on 17 to keep his card clean over his final six holes.
Apr 23 - 7:01 PM

Past champ and 18-hole leader Brendan Steele signed for a 2-under-par 34-36=70 after today's second round of the Valero Texas Open to reach the midpoint on 10-under 134, good for the early 36-hole clubhouse lead and tying the low 36-hole mark in tournament history. UPDATE: With play completed, Steele leads by three over Scott Langley, Stuart Appleby and Charley Hoffman.

It took two days to complete, but the 2011 champ posted the first-round lead after a bogey-free 64, easily his personal best at TPC San Antonio, eclipsing 67/R4 in 2012. It's the second time this season that he's led after R1 (, where he eventually finished T17 with a closing 76. It's also his fifth career 18-hole lead in his 140th start with a previous-best finish of T4 at the 2014 Travelers. The 33-year-old began his second frame with a one-shot lead and hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.583 putts per GIR and 2.377 in strokes gained: putting at last check. He reached 11-under total after three straight circles on Nos. 2-4, but played his final 14 holes in 1-over, erasing three birdies with two bogeys and a double bogey-6 at the 15th.
Apr 22 - 3:48 PM

Brendan Steele torched the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio with an 8-under-par 33-31=64 during the first round of the Valero Texas Open, grabbing an early lead but falling one shy of tying the course record.

Steele opened his round on Thursday afternoon and carded 8-under through 13 holes. From there the horn sounded as darkness stranded the entire wave of golfers. At that point, Steele had needed just 17 putts through 13 holes. The overnight icing stalled the momentum as he arrived back on the course this morning and rattled off five straight pars. The previous course record holders (9-under 63), Martin Laird and Matt Every, can breathe a sigh of relief as Steele came up one stroke shy and they can still list it on their resume. Steele will have a brief session on the driving range before heading back out for his round two tee time this morning.
Apr 22 - 10:31 AM

Brendan Steele was in the process of dismantling the AT&T Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio during the first round of the Valero Texas Open when play was suspended due to darkness. Play was halted at 8:10 p.m. CT and will resume tomorrow morning, meaning Steele will sleep on his current two-stroke lead at 8-under-par despite playing just 13 holes.

Steele had a full array of skills on display today. He split 10-of-11 fairways, landed 13-of-14 greens in regulation, and also splashed in three putts from outside nine feet. Overall he's needed just 17 putts through 13 holes, so he was dialed in from mid-range as well. Steele was stranded just as he landed his approach to 16'11" on the par-4 fifth hole. He currently has the course record in his sight lines, as the previous record belongs to Matt Every (2012) and Martin Laird (2013) who both fired 9-under 63s here at TPC San Antonio's Oaks Course. Round one action will resume tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. CT.
Apr 21 - 9:17 PM

Brendan Steele returns to the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links following a five-year hiatus from the tournament.

Steele finished T21 in his only other visit in 2011 (70-68-72-69). He's 8-for-11 on the season with one top 10, a T3 at the CIMB Classic in Nov., where he co-led after 54-holes with Justin Thomas. Thomas shot 66 in the finale while Steele shot 68. The 33-year-old, who celebrated his birthday Apr. 5th, also led outright after each of the first three rounds of the season-opening, but shot a final-round 4-over 76 for a disappointing T17. He ranks 12th on TOUR in ball striking and 5th in the all-around, but 150th in scrambling and 126th in strokes gained: putting.
Apr 13 - 9:55 AM

Brendan Steele tacked on a 2-under-par 37-33=70 in the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to post 7-under 137, down five spots on the live leaderboard to T7, six swings back of 36-hole leader Jason Day.

Steele is making his 10th start of the season and sixth API appearance. He was T8 thru 54 holes here last year before 76 left him T35 -- his best is T20 in 2014. The UC-Riverside alum opened with 67, (matching his best at Bay Hill), and backed up a tad with four birdies and two bogeys on day two. Steele, who began off No. 10, striped 12 (of 14) fairways for a second straight day, and digressed to 13 greens in regulation and 1.769 putts per GIR. He circled birdies on Nos. 11, 16, 18 to turn bogey-free 3-under, and played his inward half in 1-over, outpacing birdie at the par-5 fourth with bogeys on 1 and 2 (failed scrambles).
Mar 18 - 5:40 PM

Brendan Steele opened his week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational with a bang, signing for a 5-under-par 34-33=67 to stake claim of the early clubhouse lead along with Marc Leishman.

Steele got his putting extravaganza started early with a pair of 13'9" birdie rolls, first on the par-4 third and then again on the par-5 sixth hole. Sandwiched in between was his lone bogey of the day, it came on the par-5 fourth hole where an errant tee shot got him out of position. The putter wasn't the only club doing damage today, as he stuck his 110-yard approach to just 22 inches for a tap-in birdie on the par-4 10th hole. Steele entered with three sub-70 rounds at the API in 16 rounds, and this will match his career-low round at Bay Hill (2015/R2).
Mar 17 - 12:32 PM

Brendan Steele conjured up a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in the third round of the Northern Trust Open for a 54-hole total of 8-under 205, up four spots on the live leaderboard to T11.

Steele is making his sixth straight appearance at the Northern Trust posting T14 and T10 in the last two editions. He opened in 70-67 for 5-under (T15) thru two days, and with each passing round, has recorded one less bogey each day -- from three, to two, to a single dropped shot in R3. The 32-year-old regressed in both driving accuracy and greens in regulation on day three, down to eight (of 14) and 12 greens, respectively, but for the first time this week, posted a positive number in strokes gained: putting with a 1.592 mark at last check. He went out in bogey-free 3-under, circling a pair from inside of 34 inches and dropping a 77-foot bomb for birdie-3 at the fifth. The California native and resident exchanged one square (failed scramble) with one birdie on his final half.
Feb 20 - 5:04 PM

Brendan Steele cruised to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-35=68 while playing the North Course at Torrey Pines in round one of the Farmers Insurance Open.

Steele arrived fresh off a disappointing closing-round 74 at last week's CareerBuilder. It appears he erased all memory of said round, as he landed 13 greens in regulation on his way to a blemish-free, four-birdie round. On the down side, he was playing the easier North Course today and will turn his attention to the South Course for the remainder of the week.
Jan 28 - 7:18 PM

Brendan Steele torpedos up the leaderboard with a third-round, 7-under-par 33-32=65 at the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course to reach the 36-hole checkpoint of the CareerBuilder Challenge at 11-under 133.

Steele walked off the 18th green with a T7 by his name, up 26 spots from his overnight position. After an opening-round that included a double bogey in addition to a pair of single squares, he settled down with just one bogey today. On his way to eight birdies, he picked off 12 (of 14) fairways leading to 15 greens in regulation. The California native currently sits four strokes shy of the clubhouse leader as he preps for his Saturday battle with the difficult TPC Stadium Course at PGA West.
Jan 22 - 6:24 PM

Brendan Steele searches for a second PGA TOUR victory as he enters the 2016 portion of the schedule.

The University of Cal-Riverside product continues to improve his consistency on a year-over-year basis. His number of cuts missed has declined every season since he joined the PGA TOUR in 2011. Steele has returned to the podium just twice since his 2011 Valero Texas Open victory. Despite the lack of podium finishes, he remains a top-tier DFS threat due to his ability to go low on any given round.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 08:50:00 PM

For the third consecutive round, overnight co-leader Brendan Steele signed a bogey-free scorecard, this time reading 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the final round of the CIMB Classic.

Alas, at 24-under 264, Steele checked up two strokes adrift of the winner, Justin Thomas. The 32-year-old hit 15 greens in regulation and rolled in four birdies today. He played his last 60 holes of the tournament in bogey-free 22-under. He missed only 10 GIR and squared two bogeys on the week. Despite the disappointment of falling short, Steele has been nearly automatic of late as this is his best of five top 20 in just his last eight starts.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 02:12:00 AM

Brendan Steele fashioned a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his third round of the CIMB Classic to post 20-under 196, good for a share of the 54-hole lead with Justin Thomas.

Steele piped just eight (of 14) fairways but he hit 16 greens in regulation and picked off six birdies, three on each nine. He's missed only seven GIR all week, yet ranked T4 in the stat. More impressively, if you can believe it, is that he's played his last 42 holes in bogey-free 18-under. The 32-year-old slept on the outright lead entering the finale of the Open just two weeks ago. He then closed with 76 and disappeared into a tie for 17th place. So, it's not out of the equation that he's seeking immediate redemption from that failure in Kuala Lumpur. Steele will give it a go on Sunday in pursuit of his second PGA TOUR title in 130 starts.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 03:24:00 AM